Qantas to Resume International Flights to the U.S., UK, Japan and More by Dec. 2021

Qantas may resume international flights to the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan before the end of the year.

The Australian airline announced on Thursday that it has begun preparations to resume international flights by December 2021, in line with Australia’s plan to reopen its international borders in stages.

The decision still depends on the vaccine that Australia will launch for the rest of the year. Before Australia’s international borders reopen, at least 80% of the country’s population needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, approximately 30% of the population is currently fully vaccinated.

According to Reuters, as the country imports more doses of vaccine, forecasts show that 80% of the country can be vaccinated before the end of the year.

"We can adjust our plans if the circumstances change, which we've already had to do several times during this pandemic," Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement. "Some people might say we're being too optimistic, but based on the pace of the vaccine rollout, this is within reach and we want to make sure we're ready."

The largest destinations Qantas will focus on first include North America, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Japan. Destinations are those with high demand and low risk of COVID-19. By mid-2022, Qantas hopes to have five A380 aircraft operating routes from Australia to Los Angeles and London.

"There's a lot of work that needs to happen, including training for our people and carefully bringing aircraft back into service," Joyce added. "We're also working to integrate the IATA travel pass into our systems to help our customers prove their vaccine status and cross borders."

Qantas closed its international operations in March 2020, and its aircraft has not left Australia since.

Looking ahead, Qantas may resume flights to other international destinations such as Bali, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Johannesburg before April 2022.

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